Angry at the ‘Church’?

I had a discussion recently with a friend.  During the course of talking about several different passages in the Bible, and some admittedly negative comments that I made concerning several things that are taught as “doctrine”, but which are in fact contrary to His Word, I heard the following question:

“Mark, aren’t you angry at the church (or at least some of them)?”

On the spur of the moment, I gave a somewhat mealy-mouthed response.  After all, it’s not ALL ‘churches’ which deny so much of Scripture, mix the clean with the unclean and fail to teach the difference, and serve Caesar rather than YHVH.  And certainly there are lots of sheep who don’t deserve to be led astray.  But, upon further reflection, however, what I should have said is,

“Absolutely.”

It’s not the fault of those sheep that they are being led astray.  And sometimes (remember that famous “stumbling block” reference — which may itself by now have become a major stumbling block?) people who have been deceived for so long simply aren’t READY for the Truth.  Those who won’t tolerate milk are probably not ready for the “meat” of the Word, to use another familiar metaphor.

But the indictment of Hosea should not be ignored.  “My people“, He said, “are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”   And if you think that critique is harsh – try reading the rest of the verse, for those who reject such knowledge.  (1)  It’s the oh-so-apropos prophecy of Jeremiah 16:19, however, which seems to get me in the most trouble:

‘O YHVH, my strength and my fortress, My refuge in the day of affliction, The Gentiles shall come to You From the ends of the earth and say, “Surely our fathers have inherited lies, Worthlessness and things wherein there is no profit.” ‘

Being lied to really does bug me!  Especially when I realize just how deadly it is, and how many people are and will be destroyed as a result!
Whether it is the practice of the Pharisees, who our Savior called hypocrites because they claimed the authority to rewrite His Word for Him, or the later “Church” which made the same claim — it comprises a big part of the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, “which thing I hate“.   (Rev. 2:15)
Those who claim to serve Him should know better.

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(1) Hosea 4:6

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2 Responses to “Angry at the ‘Church’?”

  1. Ester says:

    Not apologising; but the so-called “churches’ infuriates me as well.
    It’s not even condemnation, nor judgemental, it’s obvious, there’s so much ignorance of YHWH’s Word/Truth, that’s brought forth such arrogance amongst
    some leaders, it’s almost ‘unbelievable’.
    Just try weaning these folks from milk!!
    No wonder ABBA said-FEED my Sheep!

  2. Tina Helmuth says:

    I’m wondering where the suggestions are that show how one can get away from Cesar’s money?? After the webinar today, I was so hoping there would be something that would tell one how to, if you will. The constitutional trust is an idea, but then again, one would have to have the funds for a lawyer to be able to set that up. So I’m all for getting out from under this burden, just need a starting place. Thanks